Articles from April 2010

#007 Certification Weekly 4-29-10 by CED Solutions produced by Chris Pope from The Tech Jives Network

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Jury convicts on 2 charges in Palin e-mail hacking

Apr 30 03:48 PM US/Eastern – By BILL POOVEY – Associated Press Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The son of a Democratic Tennessee lawmaker was convicted Friday on two charges in the hacking of Sarah Palin’s e-mail account while she campaigned on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008.

The federal court jury reached its verdict against David Kernell, 22, after four days of deliberation. He was found guilty of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer, but was acquitted on a charge of wire fraud.

The jury deadlocked on a charge of identify theft. Prosecutors reserve the right to have a new trial on that charge. The charge of obstructing an investigation carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence and unauthorized access to a computer is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum one-year sentence.

Kernell’s defense attorney maintained the hack amounted to college prank, not a crime. Kernell was a student at the University of Tennessee at the time. Prosecutors argued it was a more serious effort to damage Palin’s political campaign.

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Apple iPad Used As Scam Bait

Cybercriminals are sending out malicious e-mail that targets iPad users, a sure sign that the device has been selling well.

By Thomas Claburn –  InformationWeek – April 26, 2010 01:57 PM

Apple’s continuing success as a company is encouraging more cybercriminals to try to exploit the popularity of the company’s products to distribute malware.

The latest such scam involves spam e-mail messages addressed to iPad users. The messages direct recipients — who may or may not be iPad users — to click on a Web link that appears to host an iTunes update and to install the update.

The text isn’t so poorly written as to be farcical. Even so, the use of the passive voice in the first sentence and the awkward wording suggests that the note’s author doesn’t work as a marketing professional at Apple or anywhere else.

“There were released updates for software installed on your iPad device,” the message begins. “It is very important to keep the software on your iPad updated for best performance, newer features and security.”

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AiR-#017 – Apptastic iGame Review – 4/28/10 with, Produced by: Chris Pope

AiR-4/28/10 Reviews: Belly Bums, ToodleDo, Bud Light Real American Heroes, Tip Top The Last March, Stroke Balls, Random Apps:RunPee and C25K Followup with AppTasticJ! Angry Birds Updated!  Version 1.3.0 Now Available!

Google Docs gets better — but is it ready to take on Office?

The new version adds collaboration tools and drawing software, but drops the ability to work offline.

By Preston Gralla – April 22, 2010 12:25 PM ET

Computerworld – The new version of Google Docs sports considerable collaboration tools, as well as improved editing and formatting, a faster, more useful spreadsheet and new collaborative drawing software. It’s a worthwhile upgrade to the Web-based office suite, especially for those to whom collaboration is of vital importance. But because it no longer allows offline access to documents (for now), and because it’s still not as powerful as Microsoft Office, it’s not likely to knock Office off of its throne as king of the productivity suites.

It’s likely no coincidence that this major update to Google Docs arrives just before Microsoft finalizes Office 2010. Based on what I saw when I reviewed the beta of Office 2010, this new version of Google Docs is far superior to the Web-based version of Office. Those who want to work collaboratively with colleagues on documents online will want to use Google Docs, while those who want the most powerful office productivity suite will stay with Office.


TB-#015 – Tech Barbarians – 4/24/10 – – – Chris Pope & Mark Eoff

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The ROI of social media

Juan Santana – Panda Security
There is significant discussion on the Net about the value of companies deploying marketing and communications strategies through social media, and the consequent ROI. There are many interesting posts and discussions about how to measure the effectiveness of company staff dedicating part of their time to social networks. If I’m honest, I couldn’t claim to know at present what the ROI is, at least in strictly economic terms.

In the context of human relations developed through online social communities and networks, there is a valuable reflection by Gaby Castellanos (in Spanish), who argues that ROI is not a suitable metric for evaluating feelings, fans or emotions. Nor how the brand loyalty created through day-to-day work can, over time, result in more sales. Does getting a new ‘follower’ always lead to a new sale? I doubt it, and at Panda Security we don’t analyze it in that way.

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TBD-#000 – 4/24/10 – Todays IT BeatDown – – – Chris Pope

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CVST-#000 – 4/24/10 – Cisco Voice and Security Tips – with John Friedrich( /

CVST-4/25/10 – Join Cisco Certified expert John Friedrich as he gives out weekly tips involving Cisco Voice and Security related concepts! Visit for the show notes! This podcast is produced by – Chris Pope